1878 Exposition Universelle Internationale, Paris.

Politically this Exhibition was used by the government to re-establish France on the World’s stage, they wanted to forget previous problems such as the national loss in the war with Prussia of 1870-71. There hadn’t been an exhibition since 1867 and the French government saw it as high time the nation held such an event. It might have been the beginning of ‘Exhibition Fatigue’ for some, but it was still a huge and elaborate event visited by a record number of people.

See my blog post about the medal that Eugene Oudine (1810 – 1887) created for this exhibition. (click on the image)